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Shared mobility news August 2015
 

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Expansion integrates City Car Club into Nottingham City Card

City Car Club in Nottingham expanded its fleet to include cars at public transport hubs – and at the same it’s now possible to add City Car Club membership to the Council’s ‘City Card’ smartcard which can access public services and public transport. This is a significant milestone in car club development as it is the first example of smart access to car club cars alongside public tyransport and other services outside London.

The cars will test the opportunities for expanding the market at park and ride sites. One of the new City Car Club cars is a fully electric Nissan Leaf situated at the Queens Drive Park and Ride Eco-hub, which offers bike hire and other facilities to get people cycling. . This brings to 17 the total number of fully electric vehicles in the City Car fleet.

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Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Growth, Jobs and Transport:
We know that for many people a car is their preferred travel option. The City Car Club is part of our integrated transport offer and provides residents and businesses an option to use more sustainable cars in a flexible way to help reduce congestion and C02 emissions. We have worked closely with our business community to offer free memberships and drive time credits during the first year of operation, so City Car Club cars can offer businesses an alternative to grey fleet and pool car usage.

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E-Car Club acquired by Europcar as car hire companies target the car club market

Europcar has become another car hire giant investing in the car club market – by acquiring a majority stake in E-Car Club. E-Car Club has grown rapidly over the last year, expanding its all electric car club offering to towns and cities across the UK.

A majority share of E-Car Club was bought by Europcar Lab, the Europcar Group unit dedicated to innovation, as part of its strategy to ‘develop mobility market usages, search for new mobility solutions opportunities worldwide and make investments in strategic initiatives allowing the Group to strengthen its leadership in the mobility market’.

Europcar joins Enterprise and Avis in investing in the car club market – which own City Car Club and Zipcar respectively.

Fabrizio Ruggiero, member of the Europcar Groupe Management Board, and Head of Mobility said: ‘This is an exciting step in the mobility journey we are providing our customers with. Entrepreneurship and innovation are strong values we share with E-Car Club and that we want to preserve and enhance. We look forward to accelerating the development of E- Car Club’s electric vehicle car sharing solutions, based on Europcar’s extensive experience and client base in the UK marketplace. This investment, once again, demonstrates Europcar Lab’s ability to identify specific strategic opportunities to enrich the mobility offers to its customers.

 
 

Co-wheels launch 11 new electric vehicles in Aberdeen

A total of 11 new electric Co-wheels Car Club vehicles were launched in locations across Aberdeen in July.

Backed by Aberdeen City Council, and funded byTransport Scotland via the Carplus Developing Car Clubs Scotland Programme, the project added a variety of electric vehicles to the fleet – including two Nissan eNV200 vans and a Nissan eNV200 combi-van as well as eight cars. This will bring the total number of Co-wheels vehicles available to hire up to 36 in the city.

Ross Grant, Aberdeen City Council regeneration and transport spokesman, said: ‘The Co-Wheels Car Club has gone from strength to strength and there are now more vehicles in extra locations around Aberdeen.

The new locations for people to hire the vehicles include Mastrick, Kincorth and Bridge of Don libraries, and Danestone Community Centre.

Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport, said: ‘Car clubs just like this are providing real opportunities for people to use electric cars and vans for the very first time, allowing them to experience just how quiet, clean and pleasant they are to drive.

 
 

easyCar Club and Admiral Insurance announce partnership

easyCar Club announced a new partnership with car insurance specialist Admiral to provide comprehensive insurance to easyCar Club members. The development brings one of the UK’s leading motor insurance providers into the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer space.

Owners and renters will have the peace of mind of knowing that each peer-to-peer rental is backed by Admiral, a household name throughout the UK.

This partnership also enables more renters and owners to join the club. For the first time, drivers aged 21 to 25 will be able to join easyCar Club as well as UK residents with licences from selected countries such as the USA, Canada and Australia. At the same time, the club is expanding to allow vehicles of higher value and insurance.

 
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Save the date: Car clubs in England: Milestones on the road to shared mobility

Carplus Forum and AGM
3 November, M Shed, Bristol

This year’s sessions will focus on the exciting developments in the Developing Car Clubs England Programme – with sessions about projects small and large, opportunities to network, share learning and look at future developments.

Bookings will go live in September.

 
 

Shared Electric Bike Programme

The Shared Electric Bike (EAPC) Programme has received 35 full bids. As the Programme aims to encourage partnerships and we have seen 4 of the bids merged in to 2. The fund is nearly four times collectively the applicants have proposed projects which would make 751 electric bikes available.

The full bids cover a variety of areas including cities, employers and universities, car club integration, tourism, rural communities. The next step is to select the strongest projects based on their financial sustainability, deliverability and strategic case.

 
 

Developing Car Clubs England

Carplus received 24 expressions of interest for the remaining Developing Car Clubs England funding, of which ten projects have been asked to submit detailed proposals. Once more the fund was oversubscribed; the bids totalled over £650,000 for the available funding of £120,000. Expressions of Interest were submitted from a wide range of groups from major urban centres to small rural communities wanting to work in conjunction with community transport schemes.

The number of EOIs have provided us with a valuable snapshot of the scale and variety of interest in car clubs across England. This puts us in a better position to be able to demonstrate the demand for development.

The deadline for full bids from the shortlisted projects is 14th August.

 
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